Friday, November 19, 2010

Graduating with Honors

Every year I have a hand full of seniors that will not graduate with honors because they are just short one credit of receiving an honors diploma. It is important that as a student and parent you keep honors courses and an honors diploma in mind when you are registering for classes. This means having a plan starting in 9th grade and staying on top of your class choices and requirements. If you are interested in knowing what is required for the honors diploma and the classes that are a part of this program, click on the registration manual link on the right side of this web page and then scroll down to page 6. If you log into ParentVue you can look at your course history so you know what you have taken thus far and compare that with the courses that are included as part of the Honors Program.

Many times students will ask me why they should "bother" with the honors diploma. The answer is simple: it looks good on scholarship and college applications! Colleges and organizations want to know that you went above and beyond just the regular requirements to graduate from high school.

Contact me if you have any questions about this program.

College Major of the Week: Air Traffic Controller

This week: Air Traffic Controller at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.
- Length of the program: 4 years
- Typical Career Name: Air Traffic Controller (Tower Option), Air Traffic Controller (Enroute Option), Certified Professional Controller (CPC), Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS)
- What do I do with this? Programs in air traffic control prepare people to direct air traffic. Students learn to use radar and radio communication to talk to pilots. They learn to read flight plans, instruments, and weather conditions. They also get hands-on experience at an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) flight control center during training.
- Things to know: Nearly all air traffic controllers work for the government. Most work for the Federal Aviation Administration, although some work for the Department of Defense. A few work for private companies. Controllers must pass a physical exam each year, so they must be in good shape. Controllers must also pass a job performance exam at least once per year. College graduates with civilian or military experience as controllers, navigators, or pilots have the best chances of entering the air traffic controller program.
- Approximate starting wage: $62+ per hour (or about $128,000 a year!) with a 70% placement.

Announcements for the week of Nov. 15th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, November 19, 2010

Menu: Nachos, meat and cheese sauce, corn, peaches, jell-o, chicken nuggets and chips.

Morgan Kingston will be diving today she placed in the top 12. Gabi Sawyer and Samantha Rasmussen will compete today also.

Get your Dutchmen Spirit On! Now taking pre-orders for game bibs – see Michelle at the Dutchmen Depot.

All 7-12 wrestlers meet in the high school locker room after school on Monday. Reminder to all winter athletes to pay fees and complete forms before practicing on Monday.

If you signed up for the snowmobile safety class, there is a registration form you need to pick up from the Community Ed. Office. Please stop in ASAP to get the form. Thank you

Boys’ Swimmers: Practice begins on Monday, November 29th. Please turn in all forms and fees to Mr. Ruoff before that day so you can begin practice on the first day. If you have any questions, see Coach Meyer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 22 and Tuesday November 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Report cards will be given to your parents at the conferences.

Can’t wait for that Hunger games book to be returned in the library? Come to the book fair! It’s going on now in the Elementary Library. All three of the Hunger Games books are there as well as a good selection of other interesting books for teens. The book fair is open from 9-3 each school day until Thanksgiving and during conference hours next week.

Results of Tuesday’s Jingle Jar Collection
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Middle School
Mr. Meyer -$52.41 $44.52
Ms. Schiffler - $30.45
Mr. Noll - $12.55
Ms. Shinkel $27.65
Mr. Baumgard $84.86
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
High School
Mr. Haan - $72.74 $119.55
Mr. DeCann - $48.25 $126.39
Ms. Vedbraaten - $25.67 $108.30
Mr. Nietfeld - $16.86
Ms. Pottratz $183.58

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. mahscounselor.blogspot.com
Ms. Dusha

The National Honor Society at Melrose Area Public Schools is collecting gifts through the annual “Giving Tree” project. Students, teachers, and staff are asked to take ornaments with specific gift ideas off the tree and furnish those gifts before November 23 to the NHS. The tree will be displayed during the three lunch periods in the cafeteria and the gifts will be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all who participate.

The German Advent Calendars have arrived and they are available for purchase. They are being sold by students who are participating in the annual Germany excursion. Quantities are limited, so purchase your calendar now. Thank you for your support.

Albany schools will be sponsoring a free community theatre project for youth and adults. Auditions will be held on December 9th, for more information, see the flyer on the Community Education bulletin board.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Swimming and diving State Tournament at U of M
7/8 GBB at LP/GE at 4:15
Saturday
Swimming and Diving state Tournament at U of M
GBB Scrimmage at Sauk Centre at 10:00

Students of the Month of October
High School
Maria Yurczyk – Math
Nina Steinweg – Science
Paul Lucken, Sheila Poepping, Travis Hoppe – English
Anna Botello – Social Studies
Michelle Rademacher, Kari Middendorf – Art
Grace Brang – Physical Education
Pattie Wollen, Cody Scherping – Spanish
Katlynn Mueller, Emily Schulzetenberg – German
Nick Kerfeld – Business/Computer
Middle School
Canton Matson – Math
Leticia Ambriz, Anthony Welle – Family and Consumer Science
Tylor Graves –Industrial Technology
Hannah Miller, Justin Hoppe, Emily Tschida – Science
Joel Martinez, Shawn Scherping, Jordan Helmin, Kyle Nietfeld – English
Chelsey Malm, Marlene Cervantes – Social Studies
Allie Austing, Kate Hellermann, Hannah Ring – Art
Abby Hinnekamp, Makayla Leraas, Francisco Vazquez – Physical Education

Students of Quarter One
High School
Emily Scholz – Math
Brent Rademacher – Industrial Technology
Melissa Meyer – Science and Business/Computer
Samantha Keller – English
Kelly Kennedy – Social studies
Jennifer Doubek – Art
Amee Leukam – Music
Brittney Budde – Physical Education
Sydney Petermeier – German
Middle School
Neliza Orozco Chavez – Math
Zachary Thell – Family and Consumer Science
Isaac Zink – Industrial Technology
Bailey Van Beck - Science
Hannah Miller – Social Studies

Friday, November 12, 2010

Announcements for the week of Nov. 8th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, November 12, 2010

Menu: Pizza, corn, pears, cake, hamburger and chips

Good Luck Swimmers at the Section swim meet at Alexandria today and tomorrow.

Jingle Jar starts Tuesday, Nov. 16 and runs until Thursday, Nov. 18. Bring your spare change into your first hour class to help fund Project-Give-A-Gift. The top daily classes will get a prize daily and the top classes over all will get a grand prize.

*The following students need to stop an see Audrey: Tyler Kerfeld, Kenny Warzecha, Meranda Morse, Noah Nelson, Skyler Prill, Mariah Schwieters, Brian Thielen, Georgianna Toenies, Rebecaa Schaefer, Carlos Ambriz.

THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY MEETING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 AT 3:00 SHARP IN THE LIBRARY QUIET ROOM FOR ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BEING A SWIMMER OR MANAGER ON THIS YEAR’S SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING TEAM. TRYOUTS WILL BE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH FROM 3:00 UNTIL 6:00. MS. PRIJATEL

The National Honor Society at Melrose Area Public Schools is collecting gifts through the annual “Giving Tree” project. Students, teachers, and staff are asked to take ornaments with specific gift ideas off the tree and furnish those gifts before November 23 to the NHS. The tree will be displayed during the three lunch periods in the cafeteria and the gifts will be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all who participate.

10th and 11th grade football players please sign up for individual meeting outside of Coach DeCann’s office this week.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 22 and Tuesday November 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Report cards will be given to your parents at the conferences.

The German Advent Calendars have arrived and they are available for purchase. They are being sold by students who are participating in the annual Germany excursion. Quantities are limited, so purchase your calendar now. Thank you for your support.

Winter Softball Camps – Olympian Jennie Finch Camp Rochester, MN ( Grades 3-12) and or UND Fighting Sioux Softball Camp, Fargo, North Dakota for grades 6-12). Please see Coach Birch for more details and registration information Ext. 3226.

Albany schools will be sponsoring a free community theatre project for youth and adults. Auditions will be held on December 9th, for more information, see the flyer on the Community Education bulletin board.

SISTERS Club (sponsored by Girl Scouts) for girls in grades K-12, provides girls with academic support, character development and a variety of other activities. Mondays, November 15 – January 31 from 3-4 in Middle School Room 217. Free, but please register in the Community Education Office.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
November 17 – U of MN Crookston at 10:00
November 18 – MN State Community and Technical Colleges at 10:30
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Swimming and Diving Section Tournament at Alexandria at 5:30
Musical at 7:30
Saturday
Swimming and Diving Tournament at Alexandria at 11:00
Musical at 7:30
Sunday
Musical at 2:00

Monday, November 8, 2010

College Major of the Week: Cardiovacular Technologist

This week: Cardiovascular Technologist offered at St. Cloud Technical College (and a few others in MN)
- Length of the program: 2-3 years
- Typical Career Name: Often you are called an Ultrasound Tech (Sonography Tech) with a specialty in performing Cardiology (Heart and Vascular) Ultrasounds.
- What do I do with this? Programs in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology prepare people to test and help physicians treat health problems of the heart and lungs. Students learn to operate equipment and monitor patients. They also learn to comfort patients and respond to emergencies.
- Things to know: For the clinical part of this program, you're required to buy your own uniforms and provide transportation to get yourself to and from your practicum site. You also need liability insurance. There is some radiation use in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. The risk of harm from radiation is very small. However, if you are pregnant, you are usually required to tell the program director. That way, arrangements can be made to protect your unborn child. Graduating from an accredited program qualifies you to take a registry exam in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. Registration is not required in every state, but it shows employers and patients that you are skilled and knowledgeable in this program. Students who complete an electrocardiograph program as part of a cardiovascular program qualify to take the national certification exam administered by the Cardiology Credentialing International. In some cases, EKG programs are offered separately from cardiovascular technology programs.
- Approximate starting wage: $22+ per hour with a 92% placement (which is good!)

Junior Class Meeting

A week and a half ago I met with entire junior class. During that time I talked with them about graduation requirements, applying to college, taking the ACT, the importance of keeping on track with their studying, etc. Along with that information they also received a copy of their transcript. Please ask your student to see their transcript and ask them to explain their transcript. I love our new transcripts because it shows all the subject areas and number of credits required to graduate, how many credits your student has completed, how many they have in progress this school year and how many still needed to graduate. If you have questions about this please contact me.

Scholarships

I just posted two new scholarships off of the right side of this web site. One is the West Central Ag Scholarship and the other is the FRED (DiversiCom) Scholarship. Please take the time to review these two scholarships if you are a senior student to see if you can qualify. Please contact me with any questions.